Are you experiencing stress due to work?

Last updated: 05 Mar 2020

Stress can manifest itself in different ways in different people. Sometimes we know right away that we are stressed. Other times it can take us a while to realise. If you are stressed, you may notice changes in the way you think, feel or behave, for example you might:

  • be irritable
  • feel anxious
  • feel depressed
  • lose interest in things
  • struggle to make decisions
  • struggle to concentrate
  • avoid talking to others
  • become tearful
  • smoke or drink alcohol more than usual

It may also affect you physically. You might experience:

  • restlessness
  • headaches
  • tiredness
  • cramps, muscle spasms or pins and needles
  • high blood pressure
  • nausea or dizziness

Stress is not itself a health condition, but it can cause a number of mental and physical ill-health conditions.

Research has demonstrated strong links between stress and physical conditions such as heart disease, back pain, headaches, gastrointestinal problems and various minor illnesses. There are also strong links between stress and psychological conditions such as anxiety and depression, and it has been known to be a factor in suicide.

Risk factors

Stress can affect anyone, but the things that cause people stress can vary. Sometimes there is no obvious cause. Often, factors outside of work can cause stress, such as moving house or money troubles.

However, there are well-recognised causes of stress at work, including:

  • poorly-managed¬†organisational change
  • poor work design and¬†organisation
  • job insecurity
  • increases in the intensity and pace of work
  • high emotional demands
  • poor work-life balance
  • unfair performance management
  • long hours
  • bullying and harassment.

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